Feds Won't Bring Charges Against School District Officials In Webcam Spying

from the criminal-intent dept

There have been a couple of new developments in the saga of the suburban Philadelphia school district, the Lower Merion School District, that was sued by a student, after that student was disciplined (supposedly for eating candy) using photos taken by secretly installed and used webcam spying software. The school initially claimed that it only used the software 42 times, but an investigation founded 58,000 photos were taken -- including hundreds of another student, who has now also sued.

As stories came out about administrators enjoying spying on students -- referring to it as a window into their own "little... soap opera," the FBI got involved. However, the prosecutors are now saying that they won't bring charges, because there is no evidence of criminal intent. That shouldn't impact the various civil lawsuits, of course.

At the same time, Julian Sanchez points us to the news that after all of this, the school district has finally put in place new policies designed "to govern the use and tracking of student laptops and other technology." Seems like, perhaps, that should have been in place a wee bit earlier.
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    droslovinia (profile), 18 Aug 2010 @ 10:26am

    Sue sue sue!

    This is one of those great places where lawsuits will help everyone, except possibly the people who took the pictures. BTW, if you take naked pictures of someone under 18 and transmit them over a network, that is a serious federal crime that they don't just let you walk away from, so let's assume that this didn't happen here.

    But they can sue the school system and the employees that did it, which is another way to say "sue the school's insurance company and the liability insurance companies of the employees." Parts of the suit are bound to be thrown out, but the ones that stick will put the fear into the rest. I'm sure that the parents are not having problems finding attorneys who want a piece of this!

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